3. Tales of the Riverbank
This component has a peacebuilding focus as communities from diverse groups (ethnic and religious) from the confluence, the delta and other areas will share their appreciation of diversity as they consider social, cultural, economic and ecological impacts they are facing. At the same time they will be able to design strategies with eco-village solutions for mitigating these encroachments on their communities. The specific geographic areas expected to be reached includes Kachin state, the Yangon and Ayeyarwady divisions, and areas in the dry zone within the Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway divisions.
Year One Results – Even though this component will be more fully initiated in the second and third years, some preparation took place in the first year. Stories, essays and poems were received following an announcement requesting written works. The intent is for these written works to be published. Also, a three day workshop entitled Tales of the River Banks facilitated a dynamic planning process that involved identifying key issue areas, and designing an action plan with a work plan including a model for networking and collaborating in order to optimise working together.